Keane's a bit of an animal, says Carlos

IPSWICH Town's Carlos Edwards today confirmed that manager Roy Keane can be an animal in the dressing room after games.“But in a nice way,” said the 31-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's Carlos Edwards today confirmed that manager Roy Keane can be an animal in the dressing room after games.

“But in a nice way,” said the 31-year-old Trinidad and Tobago international.

“If the team has had one and we deserve it then he can be an animal.

“On Saturday after the 0-0 home draw with Bristol City it was his shortest speech.

“The draw was up there with the Watford stalemate as the most frustrating game of the season because of the way we dominated after the interval.

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“But when the team performed as it did there was no choice other than to pat the lads on the back and shake the hand of the opposing keeper, who was without doubt man of the match.”

The only back-to-back wins Town have had this season were against QPR in the final match of 2009 and at Blackpool in the FA Cup in the opening game of this year.

Keane takes his side to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, and Edwards knows the importance of three points against the Tangerines with four of the following five games then being at Portman Road.

“I can't explain why we haven't gained back-to-back league wins,” added Edwards. “It's very strange and I've no answer.

“It's something that's been on my mind and I've discussed it with my team-mates.

“And who knows, once we get two league wins on the trot we could go on and put six or seven victories together.

“And that would move us well away from any relegation fears.”

Edwards sees the lack of a regular marksman this season as one of the main reasons for the current lowly league position.

He went on: “The manager may have to go looking for a prolific scorer to improve matters next season.

“We have the talent in the squad but we have not punished teams for their mistakes as they have punished us.

“There is a great playing and coaching staff at the club, and I'm sure we'll finish above the bottom three places.

“But we might have to reflect at the end of the season with some relief on escaping relegation and put right what we did wrong this campaign.”

Being unbeaten for the last 11 home matches should put Town in good heart for their run of games at Portman Road coming up.

But Edwards says that there needs to be an injection of confidence.

“Perhaps from the players, perhaps from at home, perhaps from the staff, but we need a belief that we can go forward.

“Having a run of home games can be a blessing, but without making excuses there are one or two who are maybe a little scared of the spotlight. We have to believe we can do it.”

Meanwhile, striker Kerry Baptiste has returned to Trinidad after a week-long trial with Ipswich. The Joe Public front player is an international team-mate of Carlos Edwards, who said: “I wish him well. It's a shame Ipswich did not get the chance of seeing him in a game, and I don't now if he'll be invited back.”